Re: Just submitted to Slashdot. Fingers crossed...

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Jun 28 2004 - 20:10:52 CDT

Just submitted to Slashdot. Fingers crossed...Thanks Laird.

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  From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp)
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  Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 6:06 PM
  Subject: [voting-project] Just submitted to Slashdot. Fingers crossed...

  I just submitted the following to Slashdot. Let's see if it works:

  "There have been two positive developments in the world of open source and open standards for eVoting.

  "First, the CA Legeslature has been working on Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 242--Relative to ballot tally software that "would request the Secretary of State to investigate and evaluate the use of open-source software in all electronic voting machines in California". It gets to the heart of why open source voting systems are appropriate: "Since no component or aspect of open-source code is shielded from public viewing, and all members of the public have complete access to the source code for evaluation purposes, there is transparency and public oversight". Of course, they also mention vendor independence, improved security, etc., but those are general issues true for any application of open source software; the issue of transparency is particularly powerful (IMO) for voting systems.

  "David Mertz just published XML Matters: Practical XML data design and anipulation for voting systems that covers how the Open Voting Consortium is using XML for the Electronic Voting Machine project. He points out that "In many contexts, XML is something that you force on yourself because it seems like the way to go -- but in a few cases, the fit is absolutely perfect. In projects that intersect with standards, I think XML has a particularly strong case in its favor since so many interoperable parsers and binding libraries are available (many of which I have written about in this column). And in projects like EVM2003 where the self-documentation of data formats is important (and while data volume is moderate), XML fits like a glove." And since the XML specification is public, there can be multiple interoperable implementations of all components of the voting system (ballot entry, tabulation, etc.) with obvious benefits for trustworthiness and efficiency.

  - LP

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